Midtown: Community

Club Notes, Feb. 3

Lions Club dinner meeting

North Raleigh Lions Club will hold a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Bayleaf Community Center, 11617 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Nora Casper from the Literary Council of Wake County will speak. For reservations, contact Maggie Crisafi at 919-803-6222 or maggie.crisafi@gmail.com.

Woman’s Club games, luncheon fundraiser

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh will hold B B C (+M), a bridge, bingo, canasta and mahjongg fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Triangle NC and other community projects. The event will include the games, a luncheon and prizes. To reserve a table of four for bridge or a seat for bingo, canasta or mahjongg, email stephens965@att.net, call 919-845-0239 or go to www.womansclubofraleigh.org. Cost is $25 per person, with $11 of it tax-deductible.

Wake Forest Woman’s Club

The Wake Forest Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday of each month, September through May, at the Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. The Feb. 7 meeting will begin with a social at 6:30 p.m. followed by a community service program and business meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, email Kathy at wakeforestwomansclub@gmail.com or visit our website, www.wake-forest-womans-club.com.

Falls River Community Senior Club

Cynthia Shaffer of N.C. Audiology Associates will speak on senior hearing loss at the meeting of the Falls River Community Senior Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Arbor Oakridge Apartments, 10810 Sandy Oak Lane, Raleigh. Visitors welcome. For more information, call Judy Sanner at 919-847-7045.

Optimist Club essay contest

The Northern Wake Optimist Club is holding an essay contest with the topic “How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value?” The deadline to apply is Sunday, Feb. 10.

The essay must be 700-800 words, not including the title, footnotes and bibliography. Hyphenated words count as one word. The contest is open to high school students 19 and younger as of Dec. 31, 2012. To see all of the rules and apply, go to www.optimist.org and search “Essay Contest.”

Winners will be invited to read their essays at the club’s meeting on Tuesday, March 5. At the district level, a $2,5000 scholarship will be awarded.

Healthy moving speaker

Margaret Mitsock, PTA of Total Motion Physical Therapy, will address the Raleigh Arthritis/Fibromyalgia/CFIDS Support Group at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Heritage Senior Living, 1200 Carlos Drive, Raleigh. For more information, call Esther at 919-782-6784.

Autism support group for grandparents

A meeting for grandparents of children with autism is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Autism Society of North Carolina office, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh. To RSVP, email Eileen Hancox at ehancox27@yahoo.com.

Optimist Club oratorical contest

Northern Wake Optimist Club is holding an oratorical contest on the topic “Why My Voice is Important.” Applications and typed oration must be received by Sunday, March 31. The speech must be 4-5 minutes long. The contest is set for Sunday, April 7.

The contest is open to high school students 19 and younger as of Dec. 31, 2012. For the official rules and to apply, go to www.optimist.org and search “Oratorical Contest.”

Winners will be invited to give their oration at the club’s Tuesday, April 23 meeting. At the district level, $5,000 in scholarships will be given to the top three winners.

Pullen Park Wednesday Dance Club

The Pullen Park Wednesday Dance Club is seeking new members. The club, for attendees 50 years and older, dances to live ballroom music by a different group from 8 to 10:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Pullen Community Center, 408 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. Admission is $7.